Monday, November 12, 2018

Job Opportunity at ICAP Tanzania

Overview: ICAP at Columbia University is a Non-Governmental Organization affiliated with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) registered in Tanzania as MSPH Tanzania LLC since February 2005 (SO No. 12987). ICAP has been receiving funds to support HIV prevention and treatment programs in Tanzania from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2005.In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), ICAP has supported the government on health system strengthening, provided technical support especially on HIV prevention, care, and treatment, voluntary medical male circumcision services, and facilitated HIV prevention interventions in community settings.

From October 2016, ICAP has been receiving PEPFAR funding from CDC for a 5-year project delivering interventions as the community implementing partner. The project, known as FIKIA, provides community-based HIV prevention interventions including HIV testing to key and vulnerable populations (KVP). The goal of FIKIA is to accelerate, expand, and improve the quality of comprehensive community-based HIV prevention services to KVP in order to achieve 90-90-90 targets. FIKIA implementation spans a total of 50 districts across nine regions, including Kagera, Kigoma, Mwanza, Geita, Simiyu, Mara, Pwani, Tanga, and Dar es Salaam.
ICAP employs competent, dynamic individuals with strong technical knowledge and public health management skills in implementing the program objectives. ICAP is now seeking to fill the below positions for the FIKIA project.

Position Title: Technical Officer, Community Based HIV Services (CBHS) – 1 position
Reports to: Technical Advisor, Community Based HIV Services (CBHS)
Location: Dar es Salaam
Travel: Up to 50% in intervention regions

Overall Job Function:
The incumbent will be responsible to provide technical assistance to the community-based HIV testing and counseling (CBHTC) portfolio of the FIKIA project in all regions (Mwanza, Kagera, Geita, Simiyu, Dar es Salaam, Pwani, Tanga, Kigoma, and Mara).S/he will work closely with the technical advisor – CBHS in Dar es Salaam to create innovative strategies to ensure achievement of UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals in the HIV cascade for targeted populations.

Specific responsibilities and duties:
Provide assistance with the planning, implementation, and monitoring of the designed CBHTC program to achieve programmatic targets ensuring services follow national guidelines and standards.
Assist with monitoring the uptake of HIV testing and treatment including test-and-treat strategies and identify gaps to improve uptake of diagnosis, treatment initiation and linkage to care among targeted populations.
Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies to improve the provision of comprehensive community-based services including opportunistic infection, TB, STI screening, family planning (FP) needs assessment and referrals.
Assist technical team to strategize and support regions implement innovative approaches to index testing.
Assist in regular monitoring regional supplies to ensure continuous availability and viability of
Assist the technical team in improving feedback on referrals from health facilities and overall strengthening continuum of care.
Assist the technical team to roll out new interventions and demonstration projects, such as Self Testing, maintain local and Columbia IRB approvals and ensure adherence of ethical standards and SOPs.
Assist the technical team manages and revise program SOPs, tools and job aids according to PEPFAR guidance, National Standards, and program needs.
Contribute to the development of manuscripts, reports, abstracts, and presentations to disseminate the results of program evaluations and demonstration projects.
Work with technical team to coordinate and participate in supervision and monitoring visits to program sites.
Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the

Required qualification, Knowledge and skills:
Required: Clinical Degree including MD, MBBS, or Bachelor of Nursing from a recognized academic institution. Preferred: Additional Masters level degree or higher in a related discipline.
Required: Minimum 2 years’ experience working in a health setting in Tanzania Preferred: experience in fields related to HIV, gender, sexual reproductive health, TB, orphans and vulnerable children, and/or community health.
Excellent communication skills, including writing and presentation skills. Fluent in both Kiswahili and English.
Strong computer skills: MS
Ability to adapt to situations quickly and problem solve
Ability to work independently and travel extensively to remote areas.
Flexibility to work after normal working hours and weekends at informal gatherings and entertainment centers
Ability to interact well with all targeted beneficiaries, health care workers, and volunteers by facilitating a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, and non-stigmatizing environment in the program, and to welcome all clients regardless of their background
Must be a Tanzanian Citizen.
Must be a Tanzanian Citizen; preference given to candidates already living in the job location region.

Application Instructions:
Application Instructions for All Vacancies :
Interested and qualified applicants should send their cover letter and CV via email to mentioning in the subject line the Position Title and Job Location. Please do NOT attach any certificates when submitting online.

ICAP is an equal opportunity employer; women are encouraged to apply. We also encourage Tanzanians living and working abroad in the diaspora to apply. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.